How to Stop Getting Junk Mail

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If you are tired of unwanted catalogs, credit card offers and solicitations, this is how to stop getting junk mail.

  • Contact the companies sending you the junk mail and tell them to stop. Call, email or write to the companies and ask to be removed from their mailing lists. This can be a tedious task, but is usually very effective.

  • Consider looking up your legal rights and following the advice from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). They have many suggestions and tools available to the public to help stop receiving pre-approved credit card offers and other unwanted mail. They also suggest sending an opt out letter to the three major credit bureaus to stop getting junk mail.

  • Look for web sites and services that offer to help stop junk mail. You can do a general online search or look for specific topics such as how to stop mail for a deceased individual and prevent mail from being sent to someone in your care if you are a caregiver. Some services charge fees, but it may be worth not having to contact each individual company yourself.

  • If catalogs are your main problem, you can search online for services that specifically help you to stop getting junk mail from catalog companies. You can stop receiving unwanted catalogs and save natural resources. Many times these services will allow you to choose which catalogs you no longer want to receive or replace them with paperless versions.

  • Read all of the terms and conditions when signing up for new services, entering contests etc. Many times their terms will state that you are agreeing to receive future mailings from the company or even their affiliates. Sometimes you are given the option to opt out of these mailings. Doing so will help to stop getting junk mail.

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